A Rudimentary Random-Matching Model with Divisible Money and Prices

Edward J. Green, Ruilin Zhou

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Abstract

We consider a version of Kiyotaki and Wright's monetary search model in which agents can hold arbitrary amounts of divisible money. A continuum of stationary equilibria, indexed by the aggregate real money stock, exists with all trading occurring at a single price. There is always a maximum level of the real money stock consistent with existence of such an equilibrium. In the limit as trading becomes faster relative to discounting, any real money stock becomes feasible in such an equilibrium. In contrast to the original Kiyotaki-Wright model, higher equilibrium real money stocks unambiguously correspond to higher welfare in this costless-production environment.Journal of Economic LiteratureClassification Numbers: D51, E40.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-271
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998

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